Two types of COVID-19 tests are available to the general public in New Zealand.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs): RATs are the main testing method being used for people with COVID-19 symptoms or who are a Household Contact. Results take about 20 minutes. RATs detect all COVID-19 variants.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests: PCRs are still being used in some situations. Results take between 2 and 5 days. PCR tests detect all COVID-19 variants.
A health professional can advise you on the right test to take in your situation.